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RS Aero Australian National Championships, Australia
06/12/2018 - 09/12/2018

Write-Up

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPS - Port Stephens, NSW, 6-9 Dec
 
DAY 1
As the afternoon breeze perked up to a playful 18-22kts and 2 races where held in the warm waters with great waves available to catch, leaving sailors to come ashore tired but elated!
 
At the front during the testing first afternoon was Rhett Gowans (Royal Brighton YC, VIC) recording two bullets in the RS Aero 7s, as did Chris Brain (Sugarloaf SC, VIC) in the RS Aero 5s. 
 
DAY 2 
Three more races in a slightly softer breeze, building as the day went on. More glorious blue New South Wales skies, 
 
Rhett continued his dominance of the RS Aeros 7s, but with Nick Collis-George (Balmoral, NSW) taking out the win in race 5. Michael O'Brien (Royal Brighton YC, VIC) continued his stream of 2nds, staying poised to pounce for the title over the next two days. The visiting Team from the UK, Shaun Priestly and Ben Rolfe, have a string of 3rds and 4ths and are ready to make their move on the podium once the second discard kicks in.
 
DAY 3
Michael O'Brien scored a win in the RS Aero 7 fleet keeping the title fight wide open in the largest fleet with just 1 point in it going into the final day. Three races tomorrow and the second discard kicking in after race 10 will open up the possibilities for the chasing pack to make a jump up the leader board if they can nail the final day.
 
DAY 4 
A lighter breeze and a little tide movement added variety and interest for the final day.
 
Rhett Gowans sealed the deal with a 1,4,1 to take the RS Aero 7 title. Michael O'Brien won race 9 to close out the runners up spot whilst a solid 3,3,4 gave Nick Collis-George 3rd overall from Peter Stephinson and Shaun Priestly from the UK.
Chris Brains continued his run of wins in the RS Aero 5 to take that title from Top Lady, Victoria Land.
Simon Reffold maintained his near sweep of the big boys RS Aero 9s Class with three more wins.
 


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